Time well spent in the outdoors

Get to know a tree on your wanders in the outdoors

Before venturing into the Peak District, please check all the information on our websites, have a look for any further updates on our Peak District National Trust social media channels and research the area you are travelling to and get yourself familiar with the lay of the land. To help keep people safe, many local facilities, shops and communities may be operating in very different ways so please be patient, considerate and respectful.

Check the weather forecast

The weather across the Peak District, as we all know too well, can be very unpredictable so please make sure you have packed a bag for all weathers and choose sensible and suitable footwear for exploring the great outdoors. So, whether it’s a day for sun cream and sunnies or boots and bobble hats, make sure you and the others you are with, are prepared for whatever the weather may bring.


Lunch with a view

Picnics are the ideal way to enjoy the stunning views and scenery the countryside has to offer but please remember to take all litter home with you to keep those views you love unspoilt, unpolluted and safe for wildlife and for everyone. Outdoor cooking equipment (BBQs, campfires, gas cookers/BBQs) are not permitted anywhere in the Peak District National Park and any countryside or coastal properties. Remove the hassle and planning from your life and simply opt for a stress free portable picnic that frees you up to enjoy the dramatic scenes across the Peak District at your own pace and leisure, plus who doesn’t enjoy that empty backpack feeling when you’ve eaten all that lovely food. Click here for some delicious recipes you can try at home and then pack for your picture perfect picnic.

Car parks

Many of our countryside car parks are very small and have a limited capacity so please consider this before setting off. Please do not park anywhere else other than designated car parks and be respectful of our local communities and farm tenants. Narrow roads and access points must be kept clear at all times. For National Trust car parks in the Peak District, you don't need to book but please be aware that spaces can become very limited on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.

Blue badge holders

If you have mobility issues and you are a blue badge holder, remember that you're able to park for free in our pay-and-display car parks as long as you display your badge – there is no need to scan.

Though if you are with someone who can scan on your behalf, remember that the property will benefit from your visit. We are in the process of exploring what more we can do to support accessibility at our car parks.

Know before you go

Make sure you have researched the area you are exploring and are aware of the new national Government tier restrictions to help restrict the spread of covid19. Park safely and responsibly and leave no trace of your visit, other than footprints or pawprints. If you're out exercising with your four legged companion it is important to keep them on a lead to keep wildlife, livestock and other visitors safe from disturbance. Pack all the necessary essentials for a day out in the countryside; water, fully charged mobile phone, hand sanitiser and something to put your litter in to go back in your bag to take home. Wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the weather and the terrain you are exploring.

Across all tiers, people should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling. For example, our busiest car parks may often be full by mid-morning so you may wish to have the details of an alternative location to hand. Please follow the relevant tier guidance for safe numbers if gathering outdoors.

Looking after the places you love

In these uncertain times, the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park, is a place where people can pause, reflect and unwind. As a conservation charity, our incredible teams across the various National Trust Peak District sites, are working relentlessly to look after the places that we all love. We please ask that visitors be mindful, patient and considerate when visiting our outdoor properties and that everyone who visits continues to be #peakdistrictproud